Swim, Bike, Run. Repeat.

As I close in on the country’s main triathlon event, I’d like to take a look back in pictures at what I’ve been through. It’s been quite a season!

Aquaman — my first multisport event this year

Morning ride at Nuvali

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back on the road on my bike at Nuvali

Training grounds. But I don't actually train in the ground… ;) #nofilter

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started swimming lessons with Nonoy Basa at Makati Sports Club

Ho-hum. I'm bored. ;)

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Thanks Century Tuna for making me a (2nd place) Superbod! #subit #astc

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Century Tuna Tri Superbod 1st runner-up

Putting my feet up after a great workout! Thanks for the assignment Coach @noybasa! @lightnupmarketing @aquasphereph

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more swimming

Just got Retul'd! Thanks Glenn Colendrino of Primo Cycles. So excited to ride out this weekend! @endure_Multi

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Retul bike fit by Glenn Colendrino

Thursday run group. Bwahaha

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Thursday tempo runs

Triman — best ever performance in a sprint

improvising to complete a swim workout

indoor spin workouts

Dusk at Remy Field, Subic. Check out kikayrunner.com for the lowdown on last weekend's training camp!

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track workout at Remy Field, Subic

With Chris "Macca" McCormack @maccanow. My day is SO made. #kr

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meeting my tridol Chris “Macca” McCormack at 5150

writing swim workouts on my arm

I don't know why I never thought of doing my trainer sessions on the balcony! Soooo much better!

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different scenery on the bike trainer

Feeling a little wrecked after a long brick. But my Wave Sayonaras felt great on my feet! #kr #roadtoCebu #im703phil

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smashed after a brick workout

LOL! Thanks @swimjunkieph for this hilarious shot! #kr #pinnaclecamp #swimbikerunph

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open water swim at Pinnacle Camp weekend

Loki is battle-ready! Thanks All-Terra for the great bike wash and chain change. :) #kikayrunner

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pimped-out, pinked-out Loki

recovery and taper

We’ve put in the work. Now it’s time to trust the training and leave the rest up to God. Lord, please let us have great weather in Cebu!

I’m so excited!

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Thriv Natural Performance Apparel

Last week I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Green Focus, Paolo Abrera’s TV show on sustainable lifestyle, had finally featured the Waterboy water-harvesting machine on its program. I’ve previously featured the machine in a blog post on sustainable lifestyle and it’s great to see it et featured so that more people become aware of these technologies to minimize our impact on the planet.

In the same vein, when the distributors of Thriv apparel (pronounced “thrive”) got in touch with me, I jumped on the chance to see what it was all about.

Watch out for my review on this soon! @thrivmanila #sustainable #natural #bamboo #kr

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Thriv Natural Performance Apparel

I’m sure you know some of the drawbacks of “dri-fit” polyester material: some brands feel harsh on the skin, they retain odor after repeated heavy sweating in them, and their moisture-wicking abilities disappear when the chemical treatment washes out. Also, polyester is made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource.

Bamboo is known as a highly-renewable resource; it grows and spreads quickly Continue reading “Thriv Natural Performance Apparel”

Encouragement for The Milo Marathon

With the 37th Milo Marathon Manila Eliminations leg coming up this Sunday, I got all nostalgic and went back to read my blog posts about my maiden marathon on my birthday and my Milo Marathon finals experience six months later. This was back in 2010 so the start/finish at Quirino Grandstand is now at Mall of Asia, but the route remains essentially the same, as are the challenges of this race I hold so near and dear to my heart.

34th Milo Marathon: Finisher's Medal
You’ll get a prettier version of this, promise.

Training for any marathon, Milo or not, takes serious time, effort, and commitment. Milo Marathon’s long history in this country also means you’re treading in the steps of great runners before you. Also, your participation means new shoes for deserving kids. And every time a Milo Marathon is held, it inspires a new generation to get up and start running.

Whether you’re running Milo Marathon (the full 42K) for the first time or the nth time, whether you’re running to finish within cut-off time or to qualify for the finals, I’d like to congratulate you in advance for stepping onto the starting line. Continue reading “Encouragement for The Milo Marathon”

Pinnacle Camp Weekend

I attended the Pinnacle Camp Weekend at Pico de Loro last Friday to Sunday in preparation for Ironman 70.3 Philippines. It was Leg 3 of an 11-day camp facilitated by coaches Dan and Ani Brown. (Leg 1 began last weekend with lactate, power, and HR zone testing with Zoom In Zones‘ Radek Valenta. Leg 2 was sweat testing and gait analysis conducted by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and Forward Lean Running.)

Tempted to go on vacation mode at Pico de Loro

My main goal for the camp weekend was to get in some high-volume and high-quality training so that I could approach IM70.3PH with confidence. At Pinnacle Camp weekend, the schedule included an open-water swim (2 to 3 kilometers) on Day 1, a long brick (90-kilometer bike followed by a 1-hour run) on Day 2, and a long run (10 x 2-kilometer intervals at race pace) on Day 3. And you know what? I looked forward to it all. Continue reading “Pinnacle Camp Weekend”

yurbuds Pete Jacobs Signature Series

In training for my first Ironman 70.3 triathlon, I got through my toughest track and bike trainer sessions by putting on my yurbuds, just like reigning Ironman world champion Pete Jacobs (also IM70.3 Philippines’ defending champion). He says, “You can tell yurbuds are designed by athletes, as they address all the needs someone like me would have – they don’t fall out, are durable yet comfortable, and most importantly they sound amazing. I’ve accidentally put them through the wash and they still work perfectly!”

yurbuds Pete Jacobs Signature Series
yurbuds are Pete Jacobs’ choice

At the upcoming Ironman 70.3 Philippines in Cebu, yurbuds will launch the Pete Jacobs Signature Series ITE-100. Aside from yurbuds’ FlexSoft comfort fit and TwistLock technology that ensures they won’t hurt your ears or fall out, the earphones have cords made of reflective, tangle-resistant Kevlar (great for improving your visibility when out running at night) and a 1-button microphone system for switching music tracks and taking calls. The ITE-100 is compatible with iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry (yay!).

yurbuds Pete Jacobs Signature Series
yurbuds Pete Jacobs Signature Series ITE-100

The yurbuds Pete Jacobs Signature Series ITE-100 retails for P3,000. After its launch in Cebu, it will be available at the following retailers: Power Mac Center, Digital Walker, Digital Hub, Beyond The Box, Buzz, Planet Sports, The Athlete’s Foot, RUNNR, Chris Sports, R.O.X, Riovana, Rudy Project, Mobile One, The AShop, Specialized Concept Store, Islands and More, IGig Center, Gadgets In Style, The Electronics Boutique, GNC, Gold’s Gym, Nothing But H2O, The Brick, Primo Cycles, Second Wind, and Fitness First.

Cascos Inc. is the exclusive distributor of yurbuds in the Philippines, and offers a 1-year Replacement Policy on all yurbuds purchased at authorized dealers. All customers have to do is return the defective unit to the dealer purchased from along with the receipt of purchase. A brand-new unit is provided within 3-4 working days.

Kikay’s Kickstarter Contest Winner

Thank you to all who participated in my Kickstarter Contest. Thank you for taking the time to think about and share why you exercise. Your stories are inspirational!

One entry summarized all the right reasons, in my opinion. So without further ado, this is the winning entry:

Because we want to be H.E.A.L.T.H.Y.
H ave lots of friends (exercise buddies).
E ndorphins- not only by chocolates but also by running (runner’s high).
A chive an ideal weight and figure.
L oosen the grip of fear by achieving miles (your first 3k or 21k).
T o instill discipline in our lives (waking up early/following an exercise program).
H elps manage stress.
Y outh – Looking and feeling younger than your age.

Congratulations Samuel Anthony Villar! Please check your email.

Ask Kikay Runner: How Can a Student Get Fit?

This is a section on my blog where I answer questions people ask me. If you have any questions for future Ask Kikay Runner entries, email me or join Xpert.PH to get access to more expert advice!

Jenah Ong writes:

Hi, Kikay Runner! :) :)

I am only a 19-year-old college student but I am already trying to live a healthy life as early as now. As what they say, everything you do now will affect you in the future so why load yourself with junk
and sleep on the couch all day right? I want to do good, to feel good about my body. However, I am encountering some problems.

I don’t have weight problems. I am not a lazy gal to do workouts because in fact, I LOVE MOVING. But my main problem is, RESOURCES. How can I workout when I lack resources?

Read more of Jenah’s question, and my answer, after the jump. Continue reading “Ask Kikay Runner: How Can a Student Get Fit?”